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David Noko: A Polished Diamond
De Beers reinvents itself with a black boss at the helm of the South African flagship.

African woman in Fortune Magazine top 50 business personalities is sign of hope for the continent
THAT AN AFRICAN woman can reach the dizzy heights of Fortune Magazine�s top 50 business personalities in the world says something profoundly different to the usual pessimism about Africa. There�s hope yet.

BMW in trade dispute
The dealer councils of vehicle dealership franchises and the competition commission are to investigate alleged contraventions of the Competition Act, between some major franchise car dealers.

Is good corporate governance possible in SOEs?
There is a common belief that state-owned enterprises are bloated, inefficient and bureaucratic monoliths that should not be expected to run profitably. Eskom, South Africa�s electricity utility, is doing everything it can to consign such beliefs to the waste heap.

Homegrown says it with flowers
Homegrown has two distributors in Britain. Flamingo UK, in Hemel Hempstead, provides quality pre-packed and prepared vegetables to blue-chip supermarkets like Marks and Spencer, Safeway, Sainsbury and Tesco

Safaricom gets East Africa talking
When the state-run Kenya Ports and Telecommunications Corporations (KPTC) started a wireless subsidiary by the name Safaricom in 1997, few Kenyans were enthusiastic about the development

East African Breweries leads the pack
With a gross turnover of $360 million in 2004, the company has already embarked on projects to promote growth and sustainability. In the last five years, EABL has invested over $50million in capital plant and equipment to ensure the consistent quality of products and upholding of business

Honeywell looks to power ahead in Africa
International technology giant Honeywell is the latest in a string of multi-national companies looking to grab a slice of the potentially lucrative African energy and resources sector.

Global Community Development Programme of the Year Award
In addition to 17 other awards and commendations achieved in 2003, Eskom achieved the Community Development Programme of the year award at the Global Energy Awards in New York in 2003.

Corporate delivery in a decade of democracy
Two - thirds of South Africa's largely rural population was still without electricity by the late 1980s. Eskom committed itself to a massive electrification programme to enhance living standards, support economic growth and provide sustainable development, writes Clairwyn Van der Merwe

Mastering employment equity
The face of Eskom is the face of South Africa. South African and proud of it - and in fact one of the founding members of the Proudly South African campaign, Eskom's workforce reflects the full spectrum of the Rainbow Nation.Long before race and gender equity became a legal requirement, Eskom was actively creating opportunities for women, blacks and people with disabilities.

Courting Small business
Far from being thrown a few token crumbs while the main course is served up to established big business, small and medium-sized black-owned companies are enjoying a growing slice of procurement spend at Eskom.

A glimpse into a decade
The early trickle of South African companies daring to tread deep into Africa after apartheid crumbled in 1994 has become a deluge.

PricewaterhouseCoopers Wealth Management Survey
Intense competition is the most important issue driving strategies and shaping revenue growth among global wealth managers and private banks. This is the main theme highlighted in the first of a series of publications that will investigate the key findings of the PricewaterhouseCoopers Global Private Banking/Wealth Management Survey launched in July 2003.

Striking gold in Nigeria
Along the upscale Kingsway Road in Ikoyi in Lagos, Nigeria is an imposing billboard captioned "Uniting Africa: NOKIA, Connecting People". This Global Outdoor Services (GOS) plaque echoes hundreds of other such signs, after global outdoor advertising struck gold in Nigeria two years ago as a result of a major advertising contract structured by MTN Nigeria, writes Moses Ida-Michaels.

Pizza, jokes, Coke and code
Microsoft may be a multi-billion-dollar company with tens of thousands of employees, but it still clings to its small-company roots, say CLAIRWYN VAN DER MERWE and JASON NORWOOD-YOUNG

Fuelling the future
The restructured Central Energy Fund, the South African state-owned energy company, is well placed to expand its services and expertise into the continent Dl ANNA GAMES talks to CEO Dr Renosi Mokate

Battle lines drawn
As the demise of Nigeria Airways continues, infighting about the way forward has marred rescue efforts, reports Dianna Games.

Securing the future
Africa's biggest security company, Securicor Gray, is making great strides across the continent with significant expansion in the pipeline

Hot property
Some of the world's most sought after oil blocks were awarded recently in Nigeria's new competitive bidding process

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